June 2012




membershipCall for Abstracts for NLC 2012


We are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Neurobiology of Language Conference will take place in San Sebastian, Spain, October 25 - 27, 2012.


We are now accepting abstracts for poster and slide presentations at NLC 2012. Deadline for abstract submissions is June 25. For details, please visit the submissions web page. You must renew your membership for 2012 to be eligible to submit an abstract.


To renew your membership or or submit an abstract, go to www.neurolang.org.


You can view the NLC 2012 scientific program here.



NLC 2012

San Sebastian, Spain

October 25-27, 2012

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines


Submissions Deadline
June 25, 2012


Notification of Abstract Acceptance
July 31, 2012


NLC 2012 Registration Open

July 31, 2012


 Hotel Reservations Available

July 31, 2012


NLC 2012 

San Sebastian, Spain


 October  25-27, 2012



In This Issue




Job Postings & Announcements

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The Historic Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian


JobsJob Postings and Announcements


Fullbright Visiting Chair at the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, McGill University


The Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs enable promising and prominent American scholars, as well as experienced professionals to conduct research, develop collaborations, guest lecture and/or teach at select Canadian universities and research centres, normally for one semester, though this may be extended to a full academic year. In addition, successful candidates will have the opportunity to deliver public lectures, give seminar presentations, participate in conferences and otherwise contribute to ongoing research activities at their host institution. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree by December 31, 2012 or have equivalent professional experience.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an American citizen at the time of application (permanent resident status or landed immigrant status are not sufficient)
  • Have obtained a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree by December 31, 2012 or have equivalent professional experience
  • Demonstrate appropriate language proficiency (English and/or French, corresponding to the language of instruction at your intended host institution)


  • US$25,000 for one semester
  • Health Benefit Plan
  • Fulbright Enrichment Opportunities
  • Access to world class universities and facilities
  • Access to a prestigious worldwide network of leaders

For more information on the application process, important dates and deadlines and to find answers to frequently asked questions, visit: www.fullbright.ca



PhD fMRI Research Scientist, University of Maryland   


The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a research scientist with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of language and cognition to join its Cognitive Neuroscience Team. Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits. Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance. Please apply online by June 30, 2012. (http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56844). You will need to submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (CV), three writing samples and a list of at least three professional referees. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Questions about this position should be sent by e-mail to jobquestions@casl.umd.edu.




Aix-en-Provence, France, 3-5 September 2012

Second call for communications - Website: http://isics2012.sciencesconf.org/



In the course of a conversational interaction, the behavior of each talker often tends to become more similar to that of the conversational partner. Such convergence effects have been shown to manifest themselves under many different forms, which include posture, body movements, facial expressions, and speech. Imitative speech behavior is a phenomenon that may be actively exploited by talkers to facilitate their conversational exchange. It occurs, by definition, within a social interaction, but has consequences for language that extend much beyond the temporal limits of that interaction. It has been suggested that imitation plays an important role in speech development and may also form one of the key mechanisms that underlie the emergence and evolution of human languages. The behavioral tendency shown by humans to imitate others may be connected at the brain level with the presence of mirror neurons, whose discovery has raised important issues about the role that these neurons may fulfill in many different domains, from sensorimotor integration to the understanding of others' behaviour.


The focus of this international symposium will be the fast-growing body of research on convergence phenomena between speakers in speech. The symposium will also aim to assess current research on the brain and cognitive underpinnings of imitative behavior. Our main goal will be to bring together researchers with a large variety of scientific backgrounds (linguistics, speech sciences, psycholinguistics, experimental sociolinguistics, neurosciences, cognitive sciences) with a view to improving our understanding of the role of imitation in the production, comprehension and acquisition of spoken language.


The symposium is organized by the laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, France (www.lpl.univ-aix.fr). It will be chaired by Noell Nguyen (LPL) and Marc Sato (GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble), and will be held in the Maison Medditerranenne des Sciences Humaines.



Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara, Italy

Maeva Garnier, GIPSA-Lab, Grenoble, France

Simon Garrod, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Beatrice Szczepek Reed, University of York, United Kingdom



Papers are invited on the topics covered by the symposium. Abstracts not exceeding 2 pages must be submitted electronically and in pdf format by 15 April 2012 (http://isics2012.sciencesconf.org/). They will be selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the symposium. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be sent to the authors by 31 May 2012.



- 15 April 2012: Abstract submission deadline

- 31 May 2012: Notification of acceptance / rejection

- 30 June 2012: Early registration deadline



18th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP)  Neural Computation and Psychology


We are glad to announce that the18th Annual Architectures and Mechanisms for language Processing (AMLaP) will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy, from Thursdsay, September 6 to Saturday, September 8 2011. This year's organizing committee is based at the University of Trento.


AMLaP is an international conference which has established itself as the premier European venue for interdisciplinary research into how people process language. The aim of the conference is to bring together psychological, computational, and theoretical perspectives on the cognitive mechanisms which underlie any aspect of human language processing. Contributions to AMLaP which explicitly relate empirical and experimental findings and computational mechanisms are especially encouraged.


Keynote speakers are:

- Seana Coulson, University of San Diego

- Luigi Rizzi, University of Siena

- Arthur Samuel, BCBL; Stony Brook University


Important dates:

Abstract submissions: April 5 - May 25

Notification of decision: mid June

Early registration deadline: July 10


More information about the conference is available on the website: http://events.unitn.it/en/amlap2012


For further questions, email: amlap2012@unitn.it


The AMLaP 2012 Organizing Committee:

Giovanna Egidi, Uri hass2n, Remo Job, Francesco Vespignani, Roberto Zamparelli


Workshop (NCPW13) to be held in San Sebastian (Spain) from July 12-14, 2012


We cordially invite you to participate in the 13th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop (NCPW13) to be held in San Sebastian (Spain) from July 12-14, 2012: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/ncpw13


This well-established and lively workshop aims at bringing together researchers from different disciplines such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, neurobiology, philosophy and psychology to discuss their work on models of cognitive processes. Previous themes have encompassed categorisation, language, memory, development, action. There will be no specific theme, but papers must be about emergent models -- frequently, but not necessarily -- of the connectionist/neural network kind, applied to cognition. These workshops have always been characterised by their limited size, high quality papers, the absence of parallel talk sessions, and a schedule that is explicitly designed to encourage interaction among the researchers present in an informal setting.


Furthermore, this workshop will feature a unique set of invited speakers:


- Mark Seidenberg. University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

- Jeffrey Elman. University of California, San Diego. USA.

- Randall C. O'Reilly. University of Colorado. USA.

- Kim Plunkett. University of Oxford, UK.


Important dates to remember:


Abstract deadline: March 31st, 2012

Notification of abstract acceptance: May 1st, 2012

Early registration deadline: June 1st, 2012

Online registration deadline: July 1st, 2012

Conference dates: July 12 - 14, 2012




The Rumelhart Memorial Travel awards, generously funded by Professor Jay McClelland, will provide funding to support travel costs for students presenting at the conference. Awards of US$250 are available to students from Western European countries, and US$750 for students from elsewhere. 



San Sebastian, Spain

October 25 - 27, 2012

San Sabastian, Spain


Society for the Neurobiology of Language